Pantoum of Hairy Hands, by Richard Stevenson

Morn and noon and night
The hairy hands appear
Give travellers a fright
Grab the wheel and steer.

The hairy hands appear
A pesky pair of poltergeists
Grab the wheel and steer
Perform their nimble heists.

A pesky pair of poltergeists
Take control of others’ hands
Perform their nimble heists
Glow like brigand brands.

Take control of others’ hands
cause crackups on the roads
Glow like brigand brands
Make truckers lose their loads.

Cause crackups on the roads
Steer drivers off the shoulders
Make truckers lose their loads
Spill bikers onto boulders.

Steer drivers off the shoulders
Flip cars into the ditch
Spill bikers onto boulders
Get away without a hitch.

Flip cars into the ditch
Leave bodies battered and bruised
Get away without a hitch
Let the victims stand accused.

Leave bodies battered and bruised
Torn and sore and petrified
Let the victims stand accused
Denying their senses, wild-eyed.

Torn and sore and petrified
Denying authorship of their fate
Denying their senses, wild-eyed
Victims all, with tales to relate.

Denying authorship of their fate
Hallucinations, drug, alcohol intake
Victims all, with tales to relate
How they shimmy, how they shake!

Hallucinations, drug, alcohol intake
each natural cause repeatedly denied
How they shimmy, how they shake
Stammer a tale of hairy hands outside.

Each natural cause repeatedly denied
The victims’ hands dancing in the air
How they shimmy, how they shake
Stammer a tale of hairy hands outside.

Stammer a tale of hairy hands outside
Recall their malevolent claw-like grip
Their own hands dancing in the air
Decrying terror on the Dartmoor strip.


I have recently retired from a thirty-year gig teaching English and Creative Writing courses for Lethbridge College and I’ve published thirty books, counting a long poem sequence  about a very human monster, the Canadian serial killer Clifford Olson, Rock, Scissors, Paper, which will be out in the fall.  My recent works are collections of haikai poetry (haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, zappai and haikai sequences: Fruit Wedge Moon (Hidden Brook Press, 2015) and The Heiligen Effect (Ekstasis Editions, 2015).

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Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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